The key to good tackling is how players get into position. They start working on this at a very young age in Australia. This is called tracking and is done before any contact is made. MORE
Pass with your feet
The ideal pass is made when your feet shape your body and transfer weight to give power and accuracy. Help players discover the benefits of footwork in handling.
- Have the ball carrier stand with both feet on the line and a receiver about 3m away
- TOP PICTURE: They either step forward on their inside foot and pass
- BOTTOM PICTURE: Or they step forward with their outside foot and pass
- Ask which they find more comfortable. Change sides and lengthen the pass
- The ball carrier walks/jogs/ runs forward and towards the gate you call
- The support player times their run to meet the pass at pace. Change the length of the pass
- They pass immediately after the gate
- The receiver starts at the cone indicated and then runs through the middle taking a pass on the way. They pass as soon as they go through the gate
- The support player takes the pass at pace. Develop by adjusting the distance they are away from the passer.
HOW TO DO IT
- A ball carrier stands with their feet on a line with another player about 3m away. They take one step forward and passes off the inside foot (see picture 1a) then the outside foot (picture 1b) to see what works best.
- Emphasise the need for the passer to have their hip facing the receiver.
- Swap players then swap sides. Increase the length of the pass.
- Then put a ball carrier about 2m from a pole (or cones).
- The ball carrier runs to a cone then passes to a support player while on the move (see picture 2).
- Finally, a feeder passes and you call a cone for the receiver to run from before delivering a pass on the run (see picture 3).
- Hips turning towards the receiver. Ideally, this comes from passing with the outside foot planted (furthest from the receiver).
- Ask players for their feedback. Sometimes, there is no time to change feet before passing.